NTSB Identification: GAA16CA465
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 05, 2016 in South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA TR182, registration: N738GK
NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
A pilot of a Cessna 180 was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital this afternoon after the plane flipped while landing at Lake Tahoe Airport.
The woman sustained neck injuries. Her male co-pilot was able to walk away. The names and hometowns of the couple have not been released. Officials said they were in a rental plane.
The incident occurred about 1:30pm Sept. 5. Friends of the couple were having lunch at the airport restaurant, but refused to talk to Lake Tahoe News.
Mountain West Aviation officials speculate there was a downdraft that caused the plane to flip. It is resting upside down on the far side of the runway near the Upper Truckee River.
The plane came in from the direction of the lake.
“The wind was behind them. They should have come in from the other way,” Kristin Utler told Lake Tahoe News.
She and her family were preparing to return home to Concord when the accident occurred.
Their plans, and those of others, were delayed at least two hours. The airport was closed immediately after the accident.
FAA officials are expected to arrive later Monday to take over the investigation.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A small plane has crashed at the South Lake Tahoe Airport, according to the city's fire and rescue department.
The agency tweeted the news just before 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. It later said two people were on board, with on person taken to a hospital. The extent of that person's injuries were not disclosed.
Photos from Fire and Rescue showed the plane lying upside down in a grass field.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email the plane is a Cessna 182, and that it crashed during landing under unknown circumstances.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate, according to the spokesman.